General Medical Council consultation: Reviewing how we deal with concerns about doctors – RJC response
The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) responded to the General Medical Council's consultation Reviewing how we deal with concerns about doctors in November 2014.
The RJC recommended that restorative practice is introduced into the General Medical Council’s sanctions guidance. Restorative practices, including face to face meetings, should be introduced in cases in which a doctor’s actions have harmed a patient.
Increasingly used in schools, housing and local communities, restorative practices help to open up dialogue, repair harm and deal with conflict. There is no doubt that the opportunity for face to face restorative meetings between doctors and patients would be an extremely useful addition to the options available. Patients would be able to hold doctors to account and doctors would gain insight into the consequences of their actions.